Kristen Shields has been named president of Graymills.
She has held a variety of key roles in sales, marketing, and operations since joining the company in 1989, and is well-known in the labels and packaging industry due to active involvement with the FTA and TLMI.
She said: ‘I’m thrilled to take over the day-to-day leadership of the company, which my father and mother built into a seasoned global manufacturer while maintaining our three core principles of developing industry innovation, utilizing the talents of our employees and manufacturing quality equipment. I look forward to celebrating our 80th anniversary in 2019 by continuing our growth trajectory, launching innovative, new products and manufacturing the highest quality of standard and customized pumps and parts washers.’
Additionally, Bill Cox has been named director of engineering at Graymills. Cox brings more than 17 years of experience in automated industrial equipment with a record of increasingly progressive roles and responsibilities. He has contributed to the successful introduction of multiple new products, numerous custom designed automated industrial systems, and implementation of various continuous improvement projects.
Celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, Graymills manufactures ink pumps, metalworking pumps and parts washers. It is best known for peristaltic or tube pumps, which are engineered specifically for flexo and gravure printing applications. Graymills manufactures all its global products at its 125,000 sq ft headquarters and plant in Broadview, Illinois. The company has been owned by the Shields family since 1980 and Linda Shields continues as chairman.